It was great to get up to Auckland for my first and last chance to race the 70.3. A real treat of a race in the end and I think all involved this year are pretty gutted that it was its final year. You would hope that it was simply the timing in January that didn’t allow the race to grow, because the event itself and the course were simply awesome. Not often, even at all, do you get to race downtown in the heart of a major city over that distance.
Challenge Bahrain had been hyped as a game changer, a new breed of race, in a sport that a lot of people thought (perhaps still think) has been left behind in terms of professionalism and 'professionalisation.'
There would be big (well bigger than 'standard') pay checks, live and thorough coverage, and fair racing through the introduction of the 20m draft rule.
So here it is, my last pre-race update for the season (excluding Challenge Bahrain because that’s technically next season!).
My alarm went off at 3.52am, but I was already awake. It was time for Iron-Distance race number 3 for the season.
I had done almost everything I could, in the time that I had, to be in as good a shape as possible for Challenge Atlantic City.
The course promised to be flat and fast and, with a run almost entirely on the famous AC Boardwalk hopefully the body wouldn’t be as destroyed as it can be after 8-9 hours of punishment.
Tomorrow is Iron-Distance race number 3 for the year. I’ve had a great start to 2014 and it’s safe to say it has been busy.
Hi all and thanks as always for reading!